Swiss Post aims to be fully electric in the delivery of letters and parcels by 2030. In August 2020, it set a milestone in this endeavour with the “fully electric” Amriswil delivery point in the Canton of Thurgau. Efforts at CO2-neutral parcel delivery are also gathering pace.
There are no loud engine noises to be heard from the new delivery van bearing Swiss Post’s yellow livery. Instead of petrol, it runs on electricity – as do all seven delivery vans and 16 electric scooters in the garage at the Amriswil delivery point in the Canton of Thurgau, which in August 2020 became the first environmentally-friendly fully electric delivery point. “A milestone on the path to our goal of 100 percent electromobility in delivery,” says Brigitt Hausammann, Head of Corporate Environmental Responsibility. For more than ten years, the 6,000 e-scooters used for letter delivery have been running on “naturemade star”-certified eco-electricity generated in Switzerland. Of the remaining 14,700 vehicles operated by Swiss Post, around 6,700 are powered by environmentally-friendly drive systems. By 2030, Swiss Post intends to replace all delivery vehicles running on fossil fuels with vehicles with environmentally-friendly drive systems. “Electromobility is an important factor in improving CO2 efficiency,” says Brigitt Hausammann. “Our measures in this area have made a significant contribution to our goal of improving CO2 efficiency by 25 percent by the end of 2020. With a figure of around 30 percent, we exceeded this target.”
Brigitt HausammannHead of Corporate Environmental Responsibility
From 2040, we want to become carbon‑neutral.
By 2025, Swiss Post also plans to use electric vehicles to deliver parcels wherever possible in urban areas: electric delivery vans are already on the roads of Basel, Geneva, Givisiez, Hinwil, Ostermundigen, St. Gallen and Zurich. From a new city logistics hub in Zurich Enge, the mail carriers deliver parcels and letters exclusively with electric vehicles. Same-day delivery provider notime also uses e-scooters, e-bikes and bicycles for its services.